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English novelist and short story writer Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell is known for her biography of Charlotte Bronte. Her works emanated human passions and expressed reflections on various aspects of society. She wrote for Thomas Hardy's magazine in later life.
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This is the most poorly written of the novels that I have read by Yonge. Most of her non-historical fiction are written to convey a point or moral. However, in her previous novels she had avoided coming across as too preachy or prosy in her tales. Her plots and her character development did not suffer and the morals more subtly woven in. Unfortunately, she neglectd this formula in "Henrietta." The plot, that has potential, is never well-developed nor are the characters. The overall tone of the novel is too preachy, with the moral of the tale being more front and center than the story itself to the point of overwhelming it.
Addendum: I am editing my review after reading Yonge's "AbbeyChurch", that is similar in style. It may be that Yonge meant these novels to be moral tales for children. This would account for the simplicity of the plot and characters, as well as the prominence of the moral of the story. From Yonge's writings, she was an admirer of Maria Edgeworth's works and like her may have decided to venture into children's literature. Edgeworth was more clear in her distinction between her works for children and her other novels than it appears Yonge was. But then Yonge is just being rediscovered and perhaps when these novels first came out the distinction was more clear. At any rate, the deviation of style and development of characters in this work and "AbbeyChurch" compared to her other works, point towards both being meant for children.
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